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  • 1. 
    The number of members in the Texas House of Representatives is ___.
    • A. 

      50

    • B. 

      100

    • C. 

      131

    • D. 

      150

    • E. 

      435

  • 2. 
    Special sessions of the Texas Legislature called by the governor are limited to a maximum of how many days?
    • A. 

      10

    • B. 

      30

    • C. 

      50

    • D. 

      60

    • E. 

      90

  • 3. 
    If the Texas legislature fails to redistrict, responsibility for redistricting is assumbed by _______.
    • A. 

      The governor

    • B. 

      The Texas Legislative Council

    • C. 

      The Legislative Redistricting Board

    • D. 

      The General Land Office

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 4. 
    Which of the following statements concerning party organization in the Texas legislature is NOT correct?
    • A. 

      There are no party caucuses in the legislature

    • B. 

      Both Democrats and Republicans chair standing committees in the legislature.

    • C. 

      The presiding officers of the legislature generally de-emphasize partisanship

    • D. 

      Party floor leaders have existed in the House for less than two decades

    • E. 

      Party divisions are much less important in the Texas legislature than in the U.S. Congress

  • 5. 
    The current salary for legislators in Texas was established by ____.
    • A. 

      The governor

    • B. 

      The legislature

    • C. 

      The Texas Supreme Court

    • D. 

      A constitutional amendment

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 6. 
    The speaker of the Texas House of Representatives is chosen by the _____.
    • A. 

      Electorate

    • B. 

      Governor

    • C. 

      Members of the House

    • D. 

      Lieutenant governor

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 7. 
    Which committees in the Texas legislature most closely resemble select committees in the U.S. Congress?
    • A. 

      Standing committees

    • B. 

      Subcommittees

    • C. 

      Conference committee

    • D. 

      Ad hoc committees

    • E. 

      Interim committees

  • 8. 
    Which of the following bodies was created in 1949 to provide research and technical services to Texas legislators?
    • A. 

      The Legislative Budget Board

    • B. 

      The Legislative Budget Office

    • C. 

      The Legislative Audit Committee

    • D. 

      The Texas Legislative Council

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 9. 
    Which of the following reforms for the Texas legislature is/are suggested by the authors of the text?
    • A. 

      Annual sessions

    • B. 

      Longer terms of office for legislators

    • C. 

      Higher salaries for legislators

    • D. 

      More legislative control over special sessions

    • E. 

      All of the above

  • 10. 
    Some limits are placed on the powers of the presiding officers of the Texas legislature by _______.
    • A. 

      Legislators

    • B. 

      Lobbyists and state administrators

    • C. 

      The governors

    • D. 

      The electorate

    • E. 

      All of the above

  • 11. 
    Biennial sessions have the effect of _____.
    • A. 

      Presenting legislators with many bills to consider in a relatively short time

    • B. 

      Providing legislators with more time to schedule hearings, hold debates, and fully analyze the bills

    • C. 

      Concentrating power in the presiding officers

    • D. 

      Both A and C.

  • 12. 
    The most significant power of a presiding officer of the Texas legislature is the right to _____.
    • A. 

      Recognize members who wish to speak before the legislature

    • B. 

      Vote in order to break a tie

    • C. 

      Serve on initiative and referendum panels

    • D. 

      Appoint members to standing committees

  • 13. 
    The approach taken by Lieutenant Governor Hobby was to __________.
    • A. 

      Let the process develop

    • B. 

      Be patient and ilsten to debate

    • C. 

      Be personally involved and control the process

    • D. 

      Both A and B

  • 14. 
    Term limits would ________-.
    • A. 

      Enhance the power of speakers

    • B. 

      Limit the speakers' influence

    • C. 

      Limit the voter's right to select their elected officials

    • D. 

      Both B and C

  • 15. 
    Senator Jane Nelson researched other states and found that the best way to pass term limits was through ________.
    • A. 

      Active speakers advocating change

    • B. 

      The initiative process

    • C. 

      The recall process

    • D. 

      Legislators holding hearings and passing legislation

  • 16. 
    Critics of the existing system believe that initiative and referendum would __________.
    • A. 

      Empower voters

    • B. 

      Weaken the influence of special-interest groups

    • C. 

      Enable the passage of term limits

    • D. 

      All of the above